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The New Economic Populism: How States Respond to Economic Inequality

William Franko and Christopher Witko


While most observers and scholars of inequality focus on how the federal government has created, or at minimum failed to respond to, inequality, in this book Franko and Witko argue that this nearly exclusive emphasis on Washington, DC, is misplaced. The authors explain that this federal inaction in the face of emerging economic problems is the norm in American history because of the structure of American government and the ability of organized interests to prevent policy change in Washington. The states led the fight against new economic problems during the Progressive Era and Great Depression ... More

Keywords: inequality, income inequality, policy, state politics, public opinion, ideology, redistribution, taxes, minimum wage, initiative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190671013
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190671013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Franko, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University

Christopher Witko, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina